Day In Rock 3/25: Rap Leads To Arrest- Song Theft Outkast?- Red Hot Brawl- Jacko Guard Busted- Smashing Downloads- Idol Judge Fined- PETA Used- Who- Priest/Queensryche Tour- UFO- Damageplan- Spongebob KISS?- Atheist- Jizzy Leaves Adler- Megafest- Jadakiss- Sharpton FCC Rap- dredg- DJ Slayer- Strhess Lineup- Anthrax Reunion Official- Tom Petty/Black Crowes Tour-  more
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Rap Leads To Arrest
MTV reports: A Texas high school student who rapped about killing a former friend was indicted Monday on felony stalking charges. 

Brock Anthony Coleman, 17, who "believes himself to be a budding rapper" according to Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Sergeant Don Peritz, wrote and recorded a rap song in which he threatened to kill another student, and later sold CDs of the song — called "Lullaby" — to his classmates. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Song Theft Outkast?
Contact Music reports: A Florida woman has filed charges against OUTKAST's ANDRE 3000 and BIG BOI, claiming she's both the writer and subject of the group's monster 2000 hit MS JACKSON. 

JACQUELINE JACKSON claims she wrote the song after her daughter MONIQUE was impregnated by her teenage boyfriend, but the song was "stolen" from her by former business associate ANTONIO SEALS, who was also a high school friend of the Outkast duo. 

Jackson has charged the trio with stealing from her and has filed a complaint with the Atlanta, Georgia, police department. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Red Hot Brawl
XFM reports: [An] alleged altercation took place when [Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony] Kiedis attended the show of designer Jenni Kayne, and decided that he'd go backstage after the runway show to congratulate Kayne (a friend no doubt introduced through his ex-girlfriend supermodel Heidi Klum). 

However, the singer was prevented from entering the backstage area by bouncers who had been instructed to stop anyone from entering until $10 million-worth of Martin Katz jewellery had been collected from the models. 

According to the New York Times, Kiedis wasn't happy with this and tried to barge his way through, "He pushed a very large security guard and ripped his pants," said a source. "It took eight security men to hold him down." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Guard Busted
AP reports: A former Michael Jackson bodyguard and a potential witness in the singer's child molestation trial has been jailed in Nevada on charges he was behind a series of armed robberies, authorities said Thursday. 

Christopher Eric Carter, 25, was being held at the Clark County jail on $265,000 bail following his indictment Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, burglary, robbery, coercion and possession of a firearm by an ex-felon. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Smashing Downloads
MTV reports: On April 5, the Smashing Pumpkins will make their digital debut. The defunct alt rock band, which has not allowed its songs to be legally downloaded until now, will release 227 tracks for download,[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Idol Judge Fined
Mercury News reports: "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul was fined and placed on probation Thursday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of hit-and-run driving stemming from an accident last December in which her Mercedes clipped a car on a San Fernando Valley freeway. 

Abdul was not in court as her attorney entered the plea, city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

DiS reports: You know that the fur industry has gone too far when rockers like The Used are stepping in and protesting. Apparently the U.S. rock group has taken time out of their 15-city Taste of Chaos tour to join forces with PETA in the fight against animal cruelty. The Used drafted a letter to Joel Waller, CEO of the U.S. clothing retailer Wet Seal, in an attempt to get him to remove all items made from the fur of rabbits and other animals from the company's chain of stores and catalogue.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Who Delay
liveDaily reports: Fans of The Who will have to wait a bit longer for the band's first album of new material since 1982's "It's Hard." 

In a diary entry on his official website, guitarist Pete Townshend writes, "The release date I had hoped for in the late spring or very early summer was whipped from under my nose after three years of writing. Shows we hoped to do in the early summer seemed to fizzle, and we lost our drummer [Zak Starkey] to Oasis until January 2006. All alternatives proposed, and which I have desperately considered, do not fit in with my current commitments."[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Metaller Vs Boy Band
Blabbermouth reports: David Jackman of Bishop's Stortford Citizen is reporting that a British heavy metal musician is seeking legal advice claiming that "X-Factor" boy band group G4 stole the name of his band, which he helped form five years ago. Glenn Abel, 27, says fans of his heavy metal band GEARED4 which he says is known as G4 have been taking the mickey since the operatic singers came to the fore on the ITV talent show, and that his band has now become a target for ridicule.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Priest/Queensryche Tour
Blabbermouth reports: QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate revealed during an appearance on last night's "Rockline" nationally syndicated radio show that the group's upcoming tour with JUDAS PRIEST will last eight weeks and will cover mostly outdoor arenas. 

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported earlier today, a source at Epic Records told Launch Radio Networks that the PRIEST/QUEENSRŸCHE North American tour will kick off on May 31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Further dates and cities, as well as venues, could be announced as early as next week. A third band my also be added to the bill.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

UFO Tour
Blabbermouth reports: Legendary hard rock band UFO have lined up the following U.S. dates in July: 

Jul. 06 – New York, NY – B.B. King's
Jul. 07 - Hampton Beach - NH - Casino
Jul. 08 - Baltimore - MD - House Of Rock
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Damageplan To Appear
Blabbermouth reports: Boston's WAAF 107.3 FM has announced that surviving DAMAGEPLAN members Patrick Lachman, Vinnie Paul and Bob Zilla will attend the 2005 WAAF Indoor Beach Party on Saturday, April 9 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. DAMAGEPLAN headlined the annual concert event in 2004 and has chosen to make one of their first public appearances since Dimebag's untimely death at the upcoming annual event. 

The lineup for the 2005 WAAF Indoor Beach Party includes Zakk Wylde's BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SKINDRED and NONPOINT. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Spongebob KISS?
Blabbermouth reports: Gene Simmons, the fire-breathing, blood-spitting KISS star, just might be the next Spongebob, thanks to his latest project: "My Dad the Rock Star". 

The show recently started airing in the United States on the cable channel Nickelodeon, alongside animated favorites like Jimmy Neutron, Rugrats and the Fairly Oddparents. 

It's a typical tale of pre-teen rebellion, complete with green hair, tattoos and screams of "turn that music down." Only in this case, dad's the rebel and his son is the one seeking a quiet, normal life. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Atheist Reissues?
BW&BK reports: Informed sources have revealed to BW&BK that Relapse Records will be reissuing the classic ATHEIST catalog this summer with extensive bonus material and new liner notes/pictures. Led by vocalist/guitarist Kelly Shaefer (BIG MACHINE, ex-NEUROTICA), the Florida-based five-piece were one of the innovators of the revolutionary progressive death metal scene and dubbed their sound as "death/jazz". [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jizzy Leaves Adler
BW&BK reports: According to ADLER'S APPETITE fan site www.stevenadler.net, "It's official - Jizzy's out. Steven has informed us that Jizzy Pearl will no longer be handling frontman duties in Adler's Appetite. Steven said that Jizzy is 'an awesome vocalist and will always be one of my best friends. I'll never forget the great times and what we've done together. I wish him the best.'[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
BW&BK reports: According to BW&BK sources, MEGADETH's upcoming North American package tour is rumored to feature DREAM THEATER and possibly FEAR FACTORY. ANTHRAX is still a possible addition to the upcoming Ozzfest tour (as previously rumored), but if they DON'T confirm the gig, they may end up on the Megadeth bill.[see full story for a rumor about who might replace Iron Maiden on the final Ozzfest dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Jadakiss Probation
AP reports: Jadakiss will have charges of marijuana and gun possession dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next three months under a plea agreement reached in Cumberland County court. 

The artist, whose real name is Jason T. Phillips, was given a deferred prosecution on the misdemeanor charges at a hearing Wednesday before District Court Judge Ed Donaldson. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sharpton FCC Rap
AP reports: The Rev. Al Sharpton, upset about violence in rap music, asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to punish artists and radio stations connected with violent acts. 

Artists connected to such acts should be denied airplay on radio and television for 90 days, he told reporters after meeting with FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and two other commissioners. 

He also urged the agency to fine and review the licenses of radio stations "that encourage a pattern of this, including allowing employees to do on-the-air inciting of violence." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Jacko Smoking Gun?
AP reports: A sheriff's technician testified Thursday in Michael Jackson's molestation trial that she found a fingerprint from the brother of Jackson's accuser in an adult magazine seized from the singer's home. 

Over defense objections, prosecutors also showed jurors hardcore sex images from magazine pages on which they said other prints were found, although they did not immediately identify the prints. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

dredg in June
IAYM reports: According to a recent fan-sourced interview dredg are now eyeing a late June release (most likely June 28th) through Interscope for their forthcoming new album.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
DJ Slayer
IAYM reports: Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has been collaborating with DJ Spooky as of late in a project dubbed "Drums Of Death". The results of the sessions will see a release through Thirsty Ear on April 26th. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Strhess Lineup
IAYM reports: The latest additions to the line-up for the upcoming 2005 edition of the "Strhess Tour" which will take place this summer are Darkest Hour and Fight Paris. The remaining acts on the bill, as previously reported, are Bleeding Through, Zao, and Martyr AD.[see full story link for news on Nile, Haste The Day, Unsane, Anthrax, Gorefest and more]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Anthrax Reunion Official
KNAC reports: Metal Fans Are Once Again ‘Caught In A Mosh'! 

IT'S OFFICIAL: The Triumphant REUNION of The Among The Living Line-up of Legendary Speed Metal Icons! ANTHRAX RETURNS!!! 

Now, for the first time in 13 years the entire Among The Living lineup: Joey Belladonna, Frankie Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Danny Spitz, will gather together in one room on April 1st to discuss new music releases, as well as the future plans for this monumental ANTHRAX reunion. 

At the conclusion of the ANTHRAX Global Press Conference and Luncheon, ANTHRAX will make an important statement regarding the U.S. Government and the Anthrax Vaccine. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Collins Out of Danger
NME reports: EDWYN COLLINS is out of "immediate danger", his official website reports. 

Writing on Edwyncollins.com, the former Orange Juice singer's wife, Grace Maxwell, has told fans that Collins is now improving following the cerebral brain haemorrhage he suffered on February 20. 

"This is the most relaxed I've felt about giving you news since this all began," she wrote. "I think we can say that Edwyn is now virtually out of immediate danger." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Breaking Dates
The PRP reports: Breaking Benjamin have announced a new string of headlining dates for May, they include: 
May 13th Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre
May 14th Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
May 15th St. Louis, MO - KPNT Pointfest at UMB Bank Pavilion
[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 
Dark New Days
Total Assault reports: The first string of dates for Dark New Day's run with Chevelle have been confirmed and are below. Dark New Day, which features former members of Sevendust, Skrape, and Stereomud, will release their debut album, Twelve Year Silence, on June 14th.

 April 6th - Memphis, TN - Newby's 
April 8th - Louisville, KY - Jillian's 
April 9th - Athens, GA - The Ritz 
April 11th - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
[see full story for more dates and to hear them]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Sister Hazel Digital
Rock Ridge Music reports: Platinum-selling rock band Sister Hazel has announced the April 12th release of an online-only EP entitled "Lift – Acoustic Renditions". The EP consists of acoustic performances of tracks from the band's most recent album "Lift" (released 8/24/04), and will be available everywhere digital music tracks are sold. 

"Lift" features songs on a variety of topics, and is named in reference to the inspiration fans associate with Sister Hazel's music.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Minneapolis Mayhem
JCM Records reports: NOVEMBERS DOOM (Illinois) and SAURON (Michigan) have been confirmed for this year's Minneapolis Mayhem 2 festival, set to take place on May 6-7 at Star Central in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows: 


Tom Petty/Black Crowes Tour!
press release reports: Touring North America for the first time in two years, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers return to the road for a major summer tour starting on June 8 in Ft. Myers, Fl. The tour will continue throughout the summer and will feature special guests The Black Crowes on many of the dates. Ticket prices, presale and onsale information as well as additional concert dates will be announced shortly. 

As part of this tour, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mike Campbell/guitars, Benmont Tench/keyboards, Ron Blair/bass, Scott Thurston/guitars, harmonica, backing vocals, and Steve Ferrone/drums - will headline the Rock Stage at the 12th Annual Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta on Saturday, June 11.[see full story for more dates]- Click Here for the Full Story 

Bob Is Cool
Drive Thru reports: LISTEN TO BOB DYLAN (BECAUSE HE'S COOL) is a tribute album being released by Drive-Thru / Love Minus Zero Records (tentatively) on June 21, 2005. The goal of the CD is to introduce a newer, younger generation of listeners to Bob Dylan's music through artists that they love, the same way we (Stefanie & Richard) were introduced to his music through one of our favorite bands, The Alarm, back in the mid-nineties. Bob Dylan is one of the greatest songwriters of all time...musically and lyrically!!! 

Bands Confirmed 
Something Corporate - Just Like A Woman 
Jason Mraz - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 
Straylight Run – With God On Our Side 
The Format – Simple Twist Of Fate 
Anberlin - Like A Rolling Stone 
Steel Train - Don't Think Twice (It's Alright) 
Steel Train – I Shall Be Released (bonus song) 
Rx Bandits - TBD 
As Tall As Lions - Girl Of The North Country 
MC Lars - Hurricane 
Socratic - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You 
Cerys Matthews - I Believe In You 
Rock & Roll Soldiers - Rainy Day Women ..12 &35 
David Melillo - It Ain't Me Babe 
Jenoah - Man In Me 
James Blunt - I Want You 
The Stay At Home Joneses – The Times They Are A-Changin' 
House Of Fools – Blowin' In The Wind 
Roark – Mr. Tambourine Man 
Julia – Boots of Spanish Leather 
The Kites - Subterranean Homesick Blues 
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